After a 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in an AFC Wild Card game, the New England Patriots dynasty has found themselves closing out their 12-4 season.
It was an uncalled for loss to the Miami Dolphins that put the Patriots in this position. With a win (instead of a loss) to Miami, New England would have found themselves with a first-round bye...no wild card game necessary. As known, the wild card game was necessary, and it did not end well for the Patriots. For some NFL fans, it's great seeing the Patriots lose, and for others, it's not so great.
Birthday boy Derrick Henry kept the Tennessee Titans moving in Saturday night's AFC Wild Card matchup. In total, he rushed 182 yards as the Titans offense was locked in against one of the top defenses in the league. The tone was set early on in the game that Henry would continue to do what needed to be done in order for Tennessee to move the ball as needed.
"When you can run it when the other team knows you're gonna run it, that says a lot about your running game," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. (via ESPN.com)
Most of the scoring from both sides took place during the first half. All 13 of New England's points took place during those two quarters, as they were able to notch a field goal in the first and the other 10 in the second.
"They kind of stopped us in the first half and the second half, and we couldn't get the job done," Tom Brady admitted. (via CBSSports.com)
For the Tennessee Titans' Ryan Tannehill had the fewest points for a starter since Joe Flaco ten years ago for a Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots matchup. He was 8/15 for a total of 72 yards. Derrick Henry and the team effort is what truly lead them to this win.
It ended with a dagger for New England as Tom Brady threw an interception that allowed the Titans to score their final touch down. This increased their lead from 14-13 to 20-13 with very little time left in the game.
Next week, the Tennessee Titans will kickoff against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens for an AFC Divisional matchup. For the Patriots, there is no next week, but can we predict Brady to retire before next season? Guess we'll have to wait and see what the future holds.
Until next time,
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